Senior Care Options: Nursing Home Costs and Ratings for Medicare and Medicaid Insurance

Seniors in the U.S.A. qualify for the government senior health insurance programs once they turn 65-years-old.  At this age, they must sign-up for either  Medicare or Medicaid.  Medicaid is the option for very low-income seniors with few financial assets.  The benefits are different for each of these insurance programs and Medicaid is provided in partnership …

Professional Caregiver Job Skills

Working as a professional caregiver requires understanding how to maintain quality standards in delivering care while providing consistent behaviors.  If you are exploring becoming a professional caregiver, you may apply for a part-time or full-time caregiving position on Caregiverlist.com (professional senior care companies subscribe to Caregiverlist’s hiring tools and hire new caregivers each week). Completing …

Sundown Dementia Episodes at Home: 3 Sundown Dementia Management Tips for Caregivers

Caregivers of family members with dementia often notice a particular set of symptoms that may start around dusk and last well into the evening. It is called sundown dementia, sundowner’s, or simply sundowning. The person with dementia usually becomes more disoriented, more agitated, more anxious, more confused and more unsettled during this time. This can …

5 Non-medical, Natural Alzheimer’s Treatments that Work

Alzheimer’s disease ranks sixth in the list of top mortality causes in the United States. The Alzheimer’s Association estimates that there are 5.4 million people afflicted with the disease, and this number is expected to rise rapidly in the coming years as the baby boomer population ages. While we have yet to find a cure …

Elderly Depression: 5 Effective Treatments

Elderly depression can often be difficult to treat due to the variety of factors that can contribute to depression in the elderly. Options for treatment of elderly depression seem more limited than those for younger individuals due to the higher likelihood of medical factors contributing to the disorder in senior citizens, dementia being particularly difficult …

5 Questions to Ask When Choosing Home Care Agencies

When the decision is made to provide a senior citizen with assisted care, there are a number of questions that should be kept in mind when talking to the various available home care agencies. Here are five questions to ask home care agencies in order to help you find the best match for your situation: …

Mesothelioma and Seniors: What You Need to Know

This article is a reprint courtesy of our friends over at Asbestos.com and was authored by Rachel Gilner, Outreach Coordinator. Mesothelioma is most commonly found in seniors, with the average age of diagnosis at 62 years old.  Mesothelioma has a latency period of 20-50 years, so an older demographic who may have been exposed in …

Announcing the Winners of the 2012 ALTY Blog Awards

We’ve got some big news! Winners for The 2012 ALTY Blog Awards have been decided. You the voters have spoken and you’ve chosen this year’s best senior care and senior living blogs from across eight different awards categories. And you spoke loudly, with more than 12,000 votes being cast over the course of a month. …

MRSA and the Elderly – The Real Risks and How to Prevent It

MRSA is the abbreviation for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, a Gram-positive coccal bacterium. Prior to the development of penicillin, MRSA was the cause of death for many people. Usually death was caused by pneumonia, an infection of the lungs that was called ‘the old person’s friend’, meaning that a frail, sick, elderly person would be taken …

Spotlight On Jacqueline Marcell: ‘Elder Rage’ Author, Radio Host and Caregiver Advocate

This week’s spotlight is on Jacqueline Marcell who is an author, radio host, caregiver advocate, and Alzheimer’s speaker. Her personal story as caregiver to a challenging elderly father and sweet ailing mother, both with Alzheimer’s which went undiagnosed—and Jacqueline’s subsequent challenges as a breast cancer survivor, makes her a remarkable figure to watch and admire …

Coping with Dementia: Joining Dementia Support Groups

Dementia is a syndrome that affects the elderly more than any other group. It can cause a greater degree of memory loss than is common with normal aging, even causing elderly people to become moody or hostile. Dementia causes a host of problems for both the sufferer and the friends and family, and because of …

12 Daily Living Aids That Make Life Easier

As we get older, small annoyances in our daily life start to get more difficult. It can be harder to grip things, and vision and hearing may deteriorate. Fortunately, there are plenty of products and inventions that can be conveniently used as daily living aids, that can help make your life much easier. Reachers With …

Eatsmart Precision Plus Digital Bathroom Scale Review

The Eatsmart Precision Plus Digital Bathroom Scale is a revolutionary scale that is meant to be one of the most accurate digital scales for home use, and it is especially useful for aging adults to keep track of their overall health. The clean design and ease-of-use are only a couple of the popular features of …

Weight Loss in Elderly Relatives: When Should You Worry?

As elderly relatives grow older, caretakers and relatives need to keep an eye on warning signs of problems. The signals come in many forms, and one common symptom the elderly experience is weight loss. Weight loss in the elderly, however, is not always a sign of a problem, which can make it particularly difficult to …

Convalescent Homes – Exploring Convalescent Homes for the Elderly

If you are a loved one or caretaker of an elder with long-term illness, a convalescent home may be something that you have considered looking in to. Convalescent homes are generally considered housing for elderly or ill patients to recover from long term illnesses. They offer specific and immediate medical care and support to post-surgical …

Technology is Helping Seniors Keep in Touch

Assisted living facilities provide a lot of peace of mind for people who have elderly family members or friends who can no longer care for themselves on their own, but even with medical specialists checking in on them, it’s still helpful to keep in touch personally. Regular visits aren’t always possible, particularly for those who …

The Average Cost of Senior Living: Can You Afford It?

The average cost of senior living can range from $500 to $1500 a month, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics. Seniors residing in assisted living facilities have a monthly average cost ranging from $1,500 to $3,500 a month. The average cost of senior living varies by state and region, but expenses are …